Ratcliffe tapped to replace Coats as US spy chief

SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS LTD | July 29, 2019

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican who strongly defended him at a recent congressional hearing, to replace Dan Coats as the US spy chief. Mr Coats, the current US director of national intelligence (DNI) who has clashed with Mr Trump over assessments involving Russia, Iran and North Korea, will step down on Aug 15, the president said as he announced his decision on Twitter. "A former US Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves," Mr Trump said, thanking Mr Coats "for his great service to our Country" and saying that an acting director will be named shortly.

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On 05-30-16 a white male dumped debris in Pasco County’s Land O’ Lakes area. Vehicle used was a 2-door white pickup truck with a tan interior. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Pasco County Stormwater Management Enforcement at 727.247.0567. Citizens who give tips in cases that result in a successful prosecution can be eligible for a $50 reward. The Board of County Commissioners approved the reward on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Reward will be paid out of fines (illegal dumping). Pasco County has an ordinance that individuals can be fined $500 per item.

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On 05-30-16 a white male dumped debris in Pasco County’s Land O’ Lakes area. Vehicle used was a 2-door white pickup truck with a tan interior. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Pasco County Stormwater Management Enforcement at 727.247.0567. Citizens who give tips in cases that result in a successful prosecution can be eligible for a $50 reward. The Board of County Commissioners approved the reward on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Reward will be paid out of fines (illegal dumping). Pasco County has an ordinance that individuals can be fined $500 per item.

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